Startup Day: Tip of the Entrepreneurship Spear for High School Students

Startup Day: Tip of the Entrepreneurship Spear for High School Students

In November of last year, we had the opportunity to launch our first ever High School Startup Day. In partnership with Junior Achievement and the Innovation Hub, we welcomed over 100 students, 10 teachers, and 10 mentors to engage in the startup process to tackle a social sector issue.

Since beginning in the summer of 2013, our constant experimentation process at Noble Impact has afforded us the opportunity to learn in an environment that embraces ambiguity and organized chaos. Developing new experiences and events for students requires that we do this type work if we want to challenge the status quo while offering entrepreneurial curriculum and programming. Startup Day is just one example of our work, which is supported by our certified curriculum through the Arkansas Department of Career and Technical Education (CTE), which any Arkansas High School may utilize as a program of study.

Startup Day is special in its own right because it introduces students to the dichotomy of “What is…” and “What could be…” while exposing them to new environments outside of the classroom and outside of the school building. My friend Nick Seguin stated it best when talking about how a startup event benefits students. Nick says, “it serves as an access point to entrepreneurship.”

At Noble Impact, our purpose is to increase access and opportunity for every student we serve. Therefore, we are excited to announce that our 2nd High School Startup Day will take place at the University of Central Arkansas within the UCA College of Business. Through this event, our partnership continues with Junior Achievement and we’re also developing a new partnership with the Conductor, which is spearheaded by Jeff Standridge and Kim Lane. We will again be sponsored by Startup Junkie Consulting, who continues to be a champion of entrepreneurial growth and education throughout the state of Arkansas.

Although we’ve been fortunate to accomplish a lot since beginning in 2013, we continue to ask ourselves, “What if?”

And so, it begs the question…

What if we launched High School Startup Days around the state of Arkansas that served as the access point to entrepreneurship for all students?

Answer: Maybe we’d get more feedback and reflection like we heard from North Little Rock Senior, Jayvin Johnson.

If you’d like to know more about High School Startup Day, come out and see it in action…just RSVP!

When: March 16th | 9:30am–1:00pm

Where: UCA College of Business

Noble Impact Seeks Facilitators For Middle School and High School

Noble Impact Seeks Facilitators For Middle School and High School

These positions have been filled. We thank you for your inquiry. If you have any questions regarding future employment at Noble Impact, please email: news@nobleimpact.org. We are looking for education-obsessed, purpose-driven facilitators to join our team in scaling access to opportunity for students in the Noble Impact program at eStem Public Charter School, located in Little Rock, Arkansas. Specifically, we are hiring for the roles of Lead Facilitator of Middle School (5-8) and Lead Facilitator of High School (9-12).

If you or someone you know gets pumped about the idea of facilitating content that focuses on the intersection of public service and entrepreneurship, read below for details and let’s talk.

The Position

Noble Impact WHO Map Exercise
Noble Impact middle and high school students visually map “WHO” they are.

Our perfect facilitators would be passionate about education, have an entrepreneurial spirit, and possess industry experience in both sectors. This person would care a great deal about making an impact through education while creating value in the EdTech sector for students around the world. The role of a facilitator in the Noble Impact program is much different than the role of a teacher in a traditional classroom. Our facilitators provide enormous amounts of feedback, embrace ambiguity while taking risks, and have a coaching mentality to create new methods of learning for students.

You’re our ideal teammate if you have:

  • Experience facilitating in middle and/or high school (no teaching certificate required)
  • Background in entrepreneurship and/or public service education
  • Empathy for student voice and student choice
  • Strong social media skills (i.e. Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, blogging)
  • Understanding of growth mindset and design thinking

You’re our ideal teammate if you believe:

    • Culture sets the tone for engagement
    • Storytellers make the best leaders
    • Credibility is the currency of the 21st Century
    • Listening is the most powerful communication skill
    • Inclusion, equity, and justice are critical to the classroom
Madi Grace Carter Presents in Noble 201
Junior Madi Grace Carter presents to her class about her interests.

You can expect:

  • Competitive salary and benefits
  • Passionate and impact-minded teammates
  • A collaborative, growth-focused, fast-moving culture
  • High-level connectivity within the education ecosystem
  • Autonomy to create and challenge curriculum for relevancy

Icing on the cake if you:

  • Read Fast Company, Inc., Entrepreneur, or other innovation-focused publications
  • Possess project-based learning experience
  • Follow startup accelerators, such as Y Combinator, The Brandery, Techstars
  • Follow influencers, such as DeRay Mckesson, Arianna Huffington, and Elon Musk
  • Know Google Classroom software or use other technology in the classroom

The roles of Lead Facilitator of Middle School (5-8) and Lead Facilitator of High School (9-12) will be collaborative roles and will be led by the Director of Facilitation for Noble Impact at eStem Public Charter School, Chris Forster, with guidance from Noble Impact co-founder and Director of Curriculum Chad Williamson.

Do either of these roles sound perfect for you or someone you know? If so, we want to talk. Contact the Noble Impact team at joinus@nobleimpact.org. Attach your resumé or LinkedIn profile, so we can get to know your professional experience, and tell us about yourself and your interest in the role! We’re in the process of scheduling phone interviews and are looking forward to inviting top candidates into the classroom for experiential interviews.

About Us

Noble Impact is an education non-profit that provides relevant and purpose-driven education to K-12 students through portfolio-driven and project-based learning experiences. Headquartered in Little Rock, Arkansas, we currently serve 400+ students in elementary, middle, and high school.

Noble Impact at eStem Public Charter Schools
A group of talented and purpose-driven Noble Impact scholars at eStem Public Charter Schools gathered for the Middle-High School Mentorship Program.